first_img Facebook Advertisement Bravo’s #1 most watched series, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, returned with a two-part Season 2 premiere event on Sunday night. The award-winning dystopian drama has unsurprisingly amassed solidarity with viewers across Canada, its return was up 3% over the Season 1 two-part premiere with total viewers, and up 15% with among A25-54.The series once again strapped viewers in and took them for a ride into a harrowing season premiere that delivered the series signature visceral punch and glimmer of hope.The 13-episode season continues next Sunday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) adjusting to a new way of life and the arrival of an unexpected person who disrupts the Colonies. THE HANDMAID’S TALE — “June” – Episode 201 — Offred reckons with the consequences of a dangerous decision while haunted by memories from her past and the violent beginnings of Gilead. (Photo by:George Kraychyk/Hulu) Advertisement Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Season 1 of THE HANDMAID’s TALE is currently streaming on CraveTV with Season 2 episodes streaming following their debut run on Bravo. Advertisementlast_img read more

UN telecommunications agency partners with global coalition to combat cyber threats

The effort by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) is in keeping with the call made at the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society to build security and confidence in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). The agreement signed by the heads of the two bodies today in Bangkok, on the sidelines of a major Asia-Pacific telecom conference, will operationalize the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) at IMPACT’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur.The GCA is a framework for global cooperation for governments, international law enforcement authorities, the private sector, international organizations and civil society to make cyberspace more secure in an increasingly networked information society. The joint effort by the ITU and IMPACT – an initiative which brings together governments, industry leaders and cybersecurity experts to enhance the global community’s capacity to prevent, defend and respond to cyberthreats – aims to provide real-time analysis, aggregation and dissemination of global cyber threat information.It also seeks to enhance early warning and emergency response to global cyber threats, as well as provide training and skills development on the technical, legal and policy aspects of cybersecurity. Although the GCA will be housed at the IMPACT Centre, ITU will have a “virtual showcase” at its headquarters in Geneva of the early warning system, crisis management and real-time analysis of global cyber threats. 4 September 2008The United Nations telecommunications agency has teamed up with a global coalition headquartered in Kuala Lumpur to address issues related to cybersecurity, including analyzing and sharing information on threats, early warning and emergency responses. read more

TSX falls with commodities but Wall Street recoups losses on solid jobs

TORONTO — Declining commodity prices pushed the Toronto stock market to a lower close, even as solid U.S. jobs data boosted stocks south of the border.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index lost 53.92 points to 13,440.44.The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar also fell, down 0.16 of a U.S. cent at 76.84 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 107.66 points at 17,792.75, while the broader S&P 500 added 13.04 points to 2,072.78 and the Nasdaq composite rose 44.69 points to 4,914.54.In commodities, the May contract for benchmark North American crude fell $1.55 to US$36.79 a barrel, while May natural gas was unchanged at US$1.96 per mmBtu.June gold fell $12.10 to US$1,223.50 a troy ounce, while May copper shed two cents to US$2.16 a pound. read more

Fonseka says Indian security concerns cannot be jeopardised

“We have realised that at (in) no way we can disturb the geopolitical interest. I don’t see any that there be any problem in future between these two countries,” he added. “India is any way a regional power and potential super power. So rest of the powerful countries in the world, when they want to move around in this area, must understand that India is very concerned about its security,” he added. Fonseka arrive in India on Tuesday for a two-day visit to brainstorm on global issues in the second Raisina Dialogue which is underway in New Delhi. (Colombo Gazette) Allying all fears regarding Indian security concerns in Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean, Sri Lankan military leader-turned-politician Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday sent a strong message that Indian security and geopolitics cannot be jeopardized, endorsing India as a regional power and potential super power, the ANI news service reported.“When it comes to the security issues, obviously India is the regional power in this Area. Indian security concerns and sentiments cannot be jeopardised. Sri Lanka has really understood that. So when Sri Lanka deals with other countries you have ensure that you don’t put India into embarrassing situation,” he told ANI. Fonseka criticised the way Hambantota project has been handled and dubbed that concerned projects have not been beneficial to the country because of the rampant corruption and called it as a national crisis.“Hambantota is a peculiar situation. Our country has become indebted to China very badly over those projects. Those projects have not been beneficial to the country because there have been lot of corruption. Fonseka, who played an instrumental role in bringing down the LTTE, promoted India’s role in the geo-politics around Indian Ocean and asserted that other powerful countries must realize that India is very concerned about its security. People dealing with China from our side were not doing a very sincere job. Lot of money have been played out. As it is it became a national crisis for us,” he said.Highlighting the diplomatic relations with other countries, Fonseka said, “Our intention is to remain friends with everybody. We are a small country we had historical relationship with most of the countries. Large countries must understand our situation. Things will be all right as it goes on.”Being optimistic on the future course of relationship between India and Sri Lanka, Fonseka added that political understanding is there between the two nations, national interests are being respected by both countries. read more

Man injured at Norfolk detachment

A Norfolk man was injured while he was taken into custody at the Norfolk detachment of the OPP in Simcoe this week.The local force is withholding comment on the incident now that the matter is in the hands of the province’s Special Investigations Unit.“At approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, a 68-year-old man attended the OPP Norfolk detachment in Simcoe for an appointment,” SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon said in an email.“When officers attempted to arrest the man, there was an interaction. The man was eventually subdued and later transported to hospital for treatment of injuries.”The SIU is called when people are injured or killed during an interaction with police in Ontario. The SIU also investigates complaints of sexual assault involving members of a police service in Ontario. read more

Which MLB Teams Overperform in Popularity

Facebook maps of sports fandom, such as the one Facebook just published about Major League Baseball, are one of my favorite things:But as Will Oremus of Slate notes, this approach conceals important information. Facebook’s map, which identifies the team with the most “likes” in each U.S. county, might give you the idea that the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins are exceptionally popular. Indeed, they are reasonably well-liked over a broad geographical area. But most of the counties in their territories are rural and have low populations. The problem is analogous to looking at maps of presidential election results by county, which might convey the impression that Mitt Romney won the 2012 election when he did not.Another way to evaluate a baseball team’s popularity is to look at data from Google Trends.Google Trends recently unveiled a beta feature in which it aggregates search terms into topics. For example, searches for “St. Louis Cardinals,” “Saint Louis Cardinals,” “cardinals baseball” and so forth, are grouped under the same topic heading. (The feature can also theoretically avoid false positives; for example, searches for “Texas Ranger” that were seeking information on the defunct television show will not be confused with those for the baseball team.) In most cases, this functionality seems to be quite smart; the topic “Miami Marlins” seems to pick up searches for “Florida Marlins” as well, as the team was known prior to 2012.The chart below lists the number of Google searches for the topic associated with each MLB team. The figures listed are relative to the league average. (The Atlanta Braves’ popularity, for example, is listed as 1.14, which means that they are searched for 1.14 times as often as the average MLB club.) They reflect Google searches worldwide since 2004, except in the case of the Washington Nationals, where I’ve run the numbers from April 2005 forward, because the team played in Montreal before that time.By Google searches, the Rangers have only about average popularity, while the Twins and the Rockies are below average. Conversely, the New York Mets, who didn’t win a single county in the Facebook map, are the sixth-most searched for team worldwide.The most striking feature of the Google data, however, is the dominance of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. They are searched for 3.8 and 3.7 times, respectively, more often than the league average, and more than 10 times as often as the least popular teams.The Yankees, of course, have a large population to draw from: There are roughly 20 million people in the New York metro area. How does each team’s Google search popularity compare to the size of its television market?We make that comparison in the table below. I’ve listed each team’s popularity on Google, the relative size of its TV market (markets with two teams are divided evenly between them), and then taken the ratio between the two. The Yankees rank third even by this standard. But the Red Sox are a clear No. 1 and are about three times as popular as you’d guess from the size of the Boston media market. The Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Reds also over-perform relative to their market size.Red Sox haters might complain that the team’s market is much bigger than Boston alone: They are also the “local” team in the rest of New England (except for western Connecticut).But extent to which a team’s popularity expands may have a lot to do with how well the team is run — and how often it wins. The Toronto Blue Jays theoretically have a whole country to themselves — but they are unpopular relative to the size of the Toronto market itself, let alone as compared to the population of Canada. The correlation between a team’s Google search popularity and its number of post-season appearances since 2004 is .62, a fair amount higher than that between its popularity and its market size (.38).Performing worst relative to its population are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I’m somewhat suspicious of this datapoint, however. There are so many variations on the team’s name (“LA Angels,” “Anaheim Angels,” “That Team With Mike Trout and 24 Other People”) that Google Trends might not be picking up on all the ways to search for them, even with its new-and-improved algorithms. read more

Messi Walks Better Than Most Players Run

Expected goals0.603 And yet, in part because of the juvenile nature of soccer analysis, we have barely scratched the surface of understanding quite how Messi does it. This is most true when looking at his movement. Messi may get the ball more than most, but he, like all players, still spends the majority of his time without it — making runs, hiding in space, creating space for his teammates. It’s an integral part of his game that we know almost nothing about. The outcomes are there for all to see, but the process is obfuscated — we observe and quantify what Messi does on the ball, and are blind when he is off it.Throughout his career, Messi has been criticized for walking. After an El Clasico match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in December 2017, there was widespread coverage of the fact that Messi walked 83 percent of the roughly 5 miles he covered that game. Despite this, he scored and assisted in Barca’s 3-0 trouncing.This season in the Champions League (the only competition to release this basic running data), Messi ran comfortably less than any other elite attackers, averaging just less than 5 miles per 90 minutes. Naturally, a large portion of how much you run will be based on the team you play for and your role on that team. Teams that defend more will tend to cover larger distances, while certain tactical styles expect more of their forwards — Roberto Firmino of high-pressing Liverpool covered almost 7 miles per 90 minutes. But Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid — which, like Barcelona, doesn’t press particularly stringently in its opponent’s half — averaged four-fifths of a mile more than Messi.We’ve known this trait of Messi’s for quite some time: In 2014 World Cup coverage, Ken Early remarked that “only Messi has figured out how to win matches by moving less than everyone else.” Benjamin Morris wrote about the phenomenon for FiveThirtyEight after Argentina lost to Germany in the final. The most popular explanation has been that Messi walks to conserve his energy for critical moments, like a perfectly efficient machine. But even when he’s walking, new research suggests, he’s far from idle.Luke Bornn, vice president of strategy and analytics for the Sacramento Kings, and Javier Fernandez, a data scientist at FC Barcelona, presented research at this year’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston that helps us shed some light on the phenomenon. Soccer is fundamentally a game of space and movement, so Bornn and Fernandez devised models using positional data that evaluate the occupation and generation of space by players.“We can see at every instant the location of each player and the ball, and from this deduce how players’ movements create space for themselves and others,” Bornn said. “We can also see whether they do that actively, by running into open spaces, or passively, by staying in high-value locations while the play shifts away.”The phrase “high-value locations” refers to another part of their research that quantified how much areas of the pitch are worth to either team. A rudimentary measure would simply be distance to goal, but after discussions with experts at Barcelona, Fernandez and Bornn realized that the value of space in soccer changes dynamically based on the positions of the players and the ball. Instead, they took the novel approach of extracting the value of space based on the behavior of the defending team. At the aggregate level, defenders will look to cut off the areas that are most dangerous relative to where the ball is.Watch how Messi passively gains space on the right wing for Barcelona during an attack, with a dual view showing how Bornn and Fernandez dynamically value space behind the Villarreal defenders:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Applying the models to data from that La Liga match between Barcelona and Villarreal in January 2017, Bornn and Fernandez found that Barcelona’s most important principle space gainers were Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Messi.They divide this space gain into two types: “active,” in which the player is moving at running speed, and “passive,” in which he is not. Iniesta and Busquets were passive just 43 percent and 52 percent of the time they held valuable positions. Remarkably, in about 66 percent of the moments Messi won control of valuable space, he was walking. Even while strolling, he is helping his team by holding ground in valuable areas, waiting for the ball to come to him.They also looked at space generation and reception, when a moving player creates space for his teammates by dragging an opposing defender with him. In the same match, Messi was one of Barcelona’s top three players in terms of gaining space, along with Luis Suarez and Neymar. The three of them, in Barcelona’s devastating 4-3-3, would spread out wide across the pitch, forcing defenders to follow them. Bornn and Fernandez found that Messi and Suarez had a “special connection,” generating considerable amounts of space for each other.Whether Messi consciously decides to go against the run of play with his movement is difficult to ascertain. “Can we say Messi gets a lot of his space by not chasing the play? Yes, that’s precisely what our research shows.” Bornn said. “Is he doing it deliberately? To answer that, you’d probably have to ask the man himself.”As he battles to cement his reputation this summer, Messi will be under more scrutiny than ever before. We’re used to seeing him provide dazzling passes, incisive shots and glamorous dribbles, but we shouldn’t be afraid to keep our eyes on him even when the ball is elsewhere, and especially if he is moving slowly. For Messi never really walks; he prowls.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. In the 12 years since he became the youngest Argentine to score a World Cup goal, Lionel Messi has won more Ballon d’Or trophies, awarded to the world’s best player, than anyone before him.1Cristiano Ronaldo has since tied him with five. He has scored more official goals in a calendar year than anyone in living memory. He is the top scorer of all time in Spain’s La Liga, and this season, his performances have been characteristically devastating: Assists0.366 Successful dribbles5.551 StatisticPer 90 min.League Rank* Lionel Messi’s performance in the 2017-18 La Liga season Expected assists0.431 * Among attackers with minimum 850 minutes playedSource: Football Whispers Goals1.021 read more

London Marathon row as runner whose name was accidentally deleted from system

I am sure something can be done about this given she was confirmed with a place @LondonMarathon #ThanksaBillion— Paula Radcliffe (@paulajradcliffe) March 28, 2019 “I was told I was not allowed to run and nothing could be done. “Even though they have 170 people running on charity places and have accepted it’s an admin error.”I contacted London Marathon directly and they said the rules are the rules and they’re in place for a reason because it’s such a big event.”The young woman has managed to almost meet her target fundraising amount of £1,800 already, by campaigning online and organising bake sales.She has been in contact with the other Sarah Wilson on Twitter, and said: “I spoke to the other Sarah Wilson on Twitter and she said she was really sorry to hear what had happened, no one can believe they can’t do anything.” “Someone junior thought it was a duplicate and deleted me off the system. What if you found out YESTERDAY @stjohnambulance thought there couldn’t possibly be two ppl running for them with the same name so rather than check they just didn’t register you and now you don’t have a place #1yearstraining #worthit? #LetSarahRun— Hannah (@HannahWilson___) March 27, 2019 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The other Sarah Wilson has been campaigning for her namesake to be allowed to run, and tweeted: “I am the other Sarah Wilson. Very unfair – surely this admin error can be sorted @stjohnambulance ? Penalised for having a common name”.Paula Radcliffe tweeted: “I am sure something can be done about this given she was confirmed with a place @LondonMarathon #ThanksaBillion”.A London Marathon spokesperson confirmed that there is nothing to be done, and that after the cut-off point on the 1st February no changes to the list of runners can be made. Unfortunately the London Marathon’s registration deadline has passed but we’ve offered Sarah a place in alternative 2019 UK marathons, as well as next year’s London Marathon and hope she will accept this offer. A young woman has been kicked off the London Marathon after an admin error because she shares a name with another runner.Hundreds of people, including champion runner Paula Radcliffe, have begged the event to let Sarah Wilson, 25, run her first marathon.Ms Wilson, a sales operations analyst from London, trained for over three months and raised more than £1,400 for St John’s Ambulance before being told she could no longer run.The charity deleted her from their list of runners, she explained, because a junior member of staff assumed her name was a duplicate.She did not find out until she telephoned the charity on Monday to find out when she could pick up her kit.”I was signed up to the 2018 marathon and I was injured last year so I had to defer my place last March,” Ms Wilson explained.”Then, I got confirmation for my place in the 2019 marathon from the charity, when I called up on Monday to find out when I get my running gear from them, they basically said ‘we only have one Sarah Wilson on the system and she’s from York’. Hugh Brasher, Event Director, London Marathon Events, said: “It is unfortunate that from time to time people make errors. However, the absolute deadline for entries to the 2019 London Marathon was 1 February. We strive for fairness and integrity in everything we do and as a result uphold our rules of entry on every occasion.“To try and help the charity and Sarah, so that her training and fundraising are not wasted, we have offered to get her a place in other marathons in April.“Furthermore, the charity in question has guaranteed Sarah a place in our 40th celebration race in 2020.”Rebecca Mauger, Director of Fundraising at St John Ambulance said:We are really upset that Sarah has trained for a very challenging event and through our human error, we have let her down. We apologise unreservedly. Unusually, this year we had two runners of the same name, which was mistaken for a duplicate entry, and this meant that we only registered one runner.We know how we have got it wrong, and have put extra measures in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We take this disappointment very seriously and are working with her to ensure that all of her fundraising and training doesn’t go to waste. read more

Are you avoiding Valentines Day Let us help

first_imgIs this you? Never fear, we’re here to help (Image: IT’S VALENTINE’S Day and while some people are just mad about it/have someone to spend it with/are suckers for romance, others don’t feel quite the same way.So if you’re single/hate Valentine’s Day/enjoy midly amusing videos of goats roaring and pictures of Prince Charles dancing, you’ve come to the right place.Here are a collection of things to take your mind off V Day…This dog trying to bury his bone in the kitchen floorThis, my friends, is determination…YouTube/IAmCultThis anti-romance song from Ceelo GreenNSFW at all at all…YouTube/CeeLoGreenThese goats screamingIf there’s anything that will take your mind off romance, it’s this…YouTube/RSVLTSLook how much Koko the gorilla loves kittensYouTube/ChangeTheWorld8Look at this collection of pictures of Prince Charles dancingImage: Press Association 9 reasons why Pope John Paul II was the best pope>Office romance blossoms on> Image: PA/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesImage: Chris Radburn/PA WireImage: Ajit Solanki/AP/Press Association ImagesWatch this video of Aengus MacGrianna making a variety of boo-boosYouTube/OnComingProductionsGet yourself to Lidl and buy some of theseThey still have them, I saw them yesterday. And if you’re single, you don’t have to share them with anybody.Bonus!Scoff at the story of Lisa and BarryIf romance isn’t your thing you’ll HATE this. Get your best scoffing face ready.Image: Shutterstock/Stabbing heartlast_img read more

NYCC Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Gives You Portable Prompto

first_img Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Stay on target Square Enix spent a decade and surely an obscene amount of money developing former Versus XIII Final Fantasy XV. And while the long-awaited JRPG did seem to sell pretty well when it finally released last fall, it makes sense the company would do everything in its power to squeeze every last dollar out of Prompto and friends.We’ve seen FFXV spin-off movies, automobile tie-ins, anime, VR episodes, and egregious Cup Noodles promotions. However, the latest attempt to give you old FFXV in a new form may be the most fascinating yet. At NYCC I played the mobile version of the game, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition.Obviously, FFXV on mobile has some significant differences from its console counterparts. While the voice acting is the same, the once realistic characters themselves are now presented in an adorable chibi art style, reminiscent of Final Fantasy music game Theatrhtym. Even the food you make at camp looks cuter. It’s a smart way to have the game still look good despite the more modest production value. It’s a charming demake.Various gameplay systems have also been streamlined for more casual play. You still drive around in your sick car listening to tunes with your boys, but you’re not exploring a full open-world. That’s disappointing, but at least it makes certain parts of the game more convenient. Once you beat a quest you’re automatically transported back to the quest-giver, instead of being forced to drive back.Combat has also been reworked. Since you don’t have a controller full of buttons to press, attacks are more automated. This puts a greater emphasis on managing cooldowns as your party performs special attacks. It’s almost like a single-player MMO. And you’ll still test your reflexes as you dodge, parry, and warp into enemies.But once you accept these changes it’s impressive just how similar FFXV Pocket Edition is to regular-old Final Fantasy XV. Cutscenes are the same, despite the new art style. You still push your car in the beginning. Quests are basically the same. You still sneak by the big monster. Like Far Cry: Blood Dragon, FFXV is a cool small game that can only exists because of the prior work done for the bigger game subsidizing it.FFXV Pocket Edition’s final major change is its release model. The game is episodic, with its first episode coming out next year. First off, it’s great to have at least one episodic Final Fantasy game coming out next year. But more importantly, this is a chance for the developers to cleanup the game from the ground up.FFXV’s original development was so tortured it was clear that to release at all the game the developers had to just leave certain fundamental parts of the original old design alone and bolt on whatever good new (largely Westernized) parts they could. Just look at how radically the game shifts in its second half. We won’t know if Pocket Edition will address these structural issues, but at least it has a chance since it has hindsight.If nothing else, I can’t wait to have my photo boy Prompto with me at all times. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition hits iOS and Android next year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

GOP on the verge of huge tax overhaul — with one hiccup

first_imgWASHINGTON — Jubilant Republicans pushed on Tuesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump cheered the lawmakers on, eager to claim his first major legislative accomplishment.Perhaps emblematic of the stumbles along the way, there was one last hiccup. Speaker Paul Ryan, who has worked years toward the goal of revamping the tax code, gleefully pounded the gavel on the final House vote, but then it turned out it wasn’t final after all.The Senate was expected to pass the legislation Tuesday night and send it on to Trump for his signature. But the Democrats noted that three provisions violated Senate rules. So the massive bill will be hauled back across the Capitol for the House to re-vote on Wednesday.GOP House members roared and applauded as their chamber passed the $1.5 trillion package largely along party lines, 227-203. Ryan declared, “This was a promise made. This is a promise kept,” as he and other GOP leaders convened a victory news conference moments later.The Senate was still on track to approve the package that will touch every American taxpayer and every corner of the U.S. economy, providing steep tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy, and more modest help for middle- and low-income families. Despite Republican talk of spending discipline, the bill will push the huge national debt ever higher.last_img read more

Jerry Oliver asks council to sign anti-toll letter

first_imgAs one of his last acts on the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, Port of Vancouver Commissioner Jerry Oliver is pushing his colleagues to take a strong stance on Oregon’s idea to toll metro-area freeways beginning at the state line.“I just felt somebody needed to stand up for the taxpayers and didn’t feel RTC was doing it,” he said.Oliver brought forth two different but substantively similar letters to the November and December board of directors meetings. He urged his colleagues to sign and send them to the Oregon Transportation Commission on behalf of RTC.But the board postponed any action until its January meeting, citing among other reasons the need to further discuss it with their own delegations. The RTC is the metropolitan planning organization for Clark County as well as the state-designated regional transportation planning organization for Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. It also represents the Washington portion of the Portland-Vancouver Transportation Management Area.Its 14 rotating board members — who represent local governments, special purpose districts, government agencies — oversee the organization’s business affairs, adopt a regional transportation plan, select and program transportation grant funds and perform other duties.Oliver said he now considers the anti-tolling letter “a dead issue” since he won’t be on the board in January. He’ll be replaced by Port of Ridgefield Commissioner Scott Hughes, and so he “doesn’t think the letter is going to happen.”last_img read more

Fullday kindergarten primary equity in Clark County schools

first_img Before Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver began offering universal full-day kindergarten, 50 percent of children in the half-day program were reaching benchmarks in reading. Now 85 percent of kindergartners do.“About half of our students are reading at a higher level than that, with greater comprehension,” said Scott Munro, Evergreen’s director of elementary education.Evergreen, with about 26,000 students, is one of the two largest school districts in Clark County. The next biggest, Vancouver Public Schools, just across town, serves 23,000 students. In that district, not all kindergartners have access to full-day instruction, which research shows boosts academic and social development.Washington began paying for full-day kindergarten at the poorest schools in 2007. That state funding enabled Vancouver Public Schools to offer free full-day kindergarten at six elementary schools with high poverty rates. At the four schools serving the most affluent population, parents can pay $2,900 a year for a full-day program. Yet neither option exists at 11 other elementary schools, most with poverty rates higher than 50 percent. Click to enlargelast_img read more

Weyco calls feeaccess hunt a safer and better experience

first_imgEven though most hunters who contacted The Daily News about Weyerhaeuser fees opposed them, company spokesman Anthony Chavez said the company has heard from hunters who support them, too.Fees have reduced overcrowding, a common complaint in the past, when an estimated 14,000 hunters used company land, Chavez said.Weyerhaeuser sold 3,267 permits for $150 this year.“Folks have said it’s a more quality hunt”? now, Chavez said. “a safer and a better experience.”?Chavez said Weyerhaeuser will look at ways of improving the fee system: “This is new, and we’ll evaluate what works well and what didn’t work well. There might be some tweaks but we’ll definitely offer a fee-based program next year.”Chavez responded to common complaints about the company’s fee system:o Permits are too expensive: Chavez said Weyerhaeuser looked at what other timber companies are charging for access when settling on $150. By paying $150, a permit holder has more access than was allowed when there was no charge because fewer roads were open, he said. Chavez noted 55,000 acres of Weyerhaeuser land around Longview is open for free.o It isn’t fair to charge current or former Weyco employees: “We wanted to treat everyone the same,”? Chavez said.o Maps are inadequate: Chavez said the company is working to improve maps and possibly create a smart phone map tool.o The Weyco fee will damage the local economy: Chavez said the company enacted the fee in response to vandalism and damage to company roads. “The fees allow us to offset those costs and keep the lands open.”last_img read more

Mark Dolan to host the Employee Benefits Awards 2017

first_imgComedian, writer and presenter Mark Dolan is to host the Employee Benefits Awards on Friday 9 June 2017.Dolan has hosted TV comedy shows such as Balls of Steel and The Mad Bad Ad Show, in addition to appearing in film review show Popcorn and topical debate programme The Last Word.He began his career as a finalist on new act competition So You Think You’re Funny, and has gone on to appear in film show Face 2 Face, film news programme 35mm, and was a contestant on reality sports series The Jump earlier this year. He also starred in the documentary series The World’s… and Me.Dolan’s TV credits also include Show Me the Funny, Urban Legends, and The Richard Taylor Interviews.In addition to his television career, Dolan performs live comedy shows, and is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe.The winners of the Employee Benefits Awards 2017 will be announced during a lunchtime ceremony and summer party on Friday 9 June at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.Follow the action on Twitter via @EmployeeBenefit and join in the conversation using #EBAwards17.last_img read more

Disorder helps to hyperfocus waves in time reversal acoustics

first_img Light may increase magnetic memory speeds 1000 times, decrease electricity consumption Explore further Citation: Disorder helps to ‘hyperfocus’ waves in time reversal acoustics (2006, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “This is the first time that a time reversal experiment has been performed through a phononic crystal, i.e. a perfectly ordered material,” said Tourin. “The comparison between a phononic crystal and a disordered medium shows that disorder plays a clear role in the so-called ‘hyperfocusing effect.’”The team of physicists also analyzed time-reversal properties for short-lived evanescent waves that occur at forbidden frequencies in the phononic crystal. The evanescent waves exhibited surprisingly good time compression, showing that – despite the absence of hyperfocusing – time reversal focusing is still possible in highly ordered media.Since conventional sound waves disperse when traveling through a medium, the possibility of focusing sound waves could have applications in several areas. In cryptography, for example, when sending a secret message, the sender could ensure that only one location would receive the message. Interceptors at other locations would only pick up noise due to unfocused waves. Other potential uses include antisubmarine warfare and underwater communications that benefit from targeted signaling.Citation: Tourin, A., Van Der Biest, F. and Fink, M. Time Reversal of Ultrasound through a Phononic Crystal. Physical Review Letters 96, 104301 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 For every burst of sound, there must exist a sound that bursts in reverse, according to the theory of time reversal acoustics. From their discoveries of some surprising characteristics of mediums and frequencies, scientists have gained insight into acoustic time reversal, which could impact applications such as sending confidential messages in cryptography. This sketch shows how a disordered medium can “hyperfocus” sound waves – something that an ordered medium cannot do. A disordered medium acts like an acoustic lens, its heterogeneities refracting sound waves by scattering and directing otherwise-lost wave frequencies (red arrows) toward the time reversal mirror (TRM). In an ordered medium, on the other hand, the wave frequencies are not scattered (blue arrows), and therefore only those already heading toward the TRM are received. Credit: A. Tourin, et al.center_img The team used a TRM that consisted of an array of 41 transducers, which recorded the original waves and then focused the waves back to the source. The transducers play the role of microphones and loudspeakers because they act as “reversible” devices.“The term ‘time reversal’ tells you that the signal captured by the TRM and stored in electronic memories is read in the reverse order before being sent back,” Tourin told the 41 transducers try to capture as many of the original waves within a phononic (vibrating) crystal as possible, several frequencies slip through the cracks, which reduces spatial focusing for the return waves. Sometimes, frequencies that would normally not pass through the TRM can be directed toward the mirror by a medium with large apertures and significant disorder.In this case, when the 41 transducers try to capture waves propagating through a medium of steel rods arranged randomly in water, the rods scatter and redirect otherwise-lost frequencies into one of the transducers. The ability to catch these misguided frequencies is called “hyperfocusing.” When the physicists observed time reversal in a phononic crystal, however, they did not observe the hyperfocusing effect. Time-reversed focusing is based on the fact that when a wave is played backwards in time, wavelengths will retrace their paths. Although theoretically the overlap should be exact, the actual time reversal mirrors (TRMs) that play back the waves can not “catch” every frequency of the original wave. Scientists know that some media allow acoustic time reversal to occur with higher resolution than other media, and recently physicists from the University of Paris have discovered how disordered and ordered media affect this resolution.In a study published in Physical Review Letters, physicists A. Tourin, F. Van Der Biest and M. Fink have found that, while sound waves traveling through a disordered medium can focus with high precision, waves traveling through an ordered medium do not have the same ability to focus. The team was also surprised to discover that for a certain type of wave called evanescent waves, an ordered medium exhibits better time compression than a disordered medium. Using this phononic crystal, physicists found that a medium with an orderly lattice arrangement exhibits better time compression (the signal recorded at the original source) than a disordered medium in time-reversed evanescent sound waves. Better time compression gives a closer approximation of the initial sound. Credit: A. Tourin, et al. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Living With an iPhone 3G Part 1

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Brought to you by PCWorld 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Is the Apple iPhone 3G “twice as fast at half the price,” as Apple’s marketing boasts? Or is it a slow, faulty, overhyped device that drops calls and doesn’t reliably or consistently connect to AT&T’s network, as a consumer’s lawsuit claims?The truth lies somewhere between the two extremes, in my experience. I bought an iPhone 3G on July 18, one week after the smart phone became available in stores. ‘This week and next I’ll give you a recap of my experience using the device thus far. First up, a look at the e-mail challenges I’ve faced (and resolved). Next week, I’ll focus on the iPhone 3G’s battery life and other issues.Two Geniuses, One Phone CallThe first problem I encountered with my new iPhone 3G was trying to send and receive e-mail. The iPhone’s Mail program would work correctly for a day or two. Then, inexplicably, the spiral that appears at the bottom of the Mail program’s screen, next to “Checking for mail,” would spin endlessly.I decided to seek help at the Genius Bar in San Francisco’s Union Square Apple store. Apple’s Genius Bar is a free, by-appointment tech support service, located in its stores.I arrived early but had to wait about 10 minutes past my scheduled appointment time. I explained my problem to the Genius. He tinkered with my iPhone’s e-mail account settings, but the problem–which was now constant–remained. After about 10 minutes, he shrugged and suggested I call AT&T and check my iPhone 3G’s Mail settings for my e-mail with them.Before I proceed, a note of clarification is in order here. My primary ISP is AT&T, the landline phone company, not the AT&T wireless division that provides data and cell phone service to iPhones. I get my home-office DSL service and e-mail account from the AT&T landline/Internet division. I was trying to use my iPhone 3G to check e-mail sent to that account.I called AT&T’s tech support for DSL customers but they couldn’t help. So I made a second Genius Bar appointment, this time at San Francisco’s Chestnut Street store, which is smaller and less busy than the Union Square location.The second Genius suggested I go home and restore the iPhone through iTunes using backup. You have two options when restoring an iPhone: You can restore it to its previous state using the backup iTunes creates when you sync. Or you can restore the phone back to its default factory condition without using the backup. The second option wipes all your data off the phone, and you start over from scratch.If restoring using backup didn’t work (it didn’t), the Genius said I should restore the iPhone without the backup. And if that didn’t work, I could bring the phone back to the store for a swap.I tried restoring without backup, and still the problem persisted. I wasn’t keen on having to swap my iPhone for another unit. I couldn’t be sure they’d have a replacement in stock. And besides, the replacement would have been a refurbished iPhone, the Genius told me after I specifically asked him if I’d been given a new phone.My next move was to call Apple’s toll-free support line. The technician I spoke to understood my problem right away. He believed the iPhone’s Mail program wasn’t syncing correctly with Microsoft Outlook on my Vista PC, to which I had been syncing the iPhone’s e-mail settings, contacts, and calendar. I asked him to e-mail me the steps he recommended to resolve the problem. His solution worked.Here are the steps he suggested:On the iPhone, delete all e-mail accounts.Reset the iPhone’s network settings (Settings, General, Reset, Reset Network Settings).Disable Wi-Fi. (Some e-mail accounts don’t work properly if set up the first time with Wi-Fi in use, the technician explained).On the iPhone, manually re-add e-mail accounts. He suggested I select Yahoo from the ISP options when setting up my AT&T/Yahoo e-mail account on the iPhone.In iTunes, disable e-mail syncing with my iPhone.A Second E-Mail ChallengeFrom that point, I enjoyed several weeks without any further e-mail problems. However, another issue developed, this time relating to the passcode to my AT&T/Yahoo e-mail account.The passcode for that e-mail account contains six characters. During my initial iPhone setup, I had entered the passcode to my AT&T/Yahoo e-mail account. At that time, the iPhone validated the address and passcode; everything seemed fine. However, sometime after I had resolved the e-mail problem I described earlier, I received a warning that my e-mail passcode was incorrect.I went back to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars and retyped the correct passcode for my e-mail account. The iPhone validated my address and passcode, and all was fine … until I received the incorrect password warning again, a day later. I returned to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars again and noticed the iPhone had changed my passcode from 6 to 8 characters. I retyped the correct passcode, the e-mail flowed without problems, and then–you guessed it–I was told the passcode was incorrect. I installed Apple’s iPhone 2.0.2 software, hoping that might fix the bug, but it didn’t. Finally, I deleted this account from my iPhone and manually added it again. So far, I’ve had no further e-mail problems. September 10, 2008last_img read more

Emotional video of guy coming out as gay to his parents goes

first_imgTwitter user  took to the social media platform yesterday (27 July) to upload the tear-filled video.‘July 27, 2018,’ he wrote in the tweet. ‘Today I came out to my parents.‘I was so scared and it’s not easy to come out. I loved their reactions and their little advice they gave me. I can finally live my life.‘I love my parents and all the people that have supported me throughout my journey,’ he said.July 27, 2018. Today I came out to my parents. I was so scared and it’s not easy to come out. I loved their reactions and their little advice they gave me. I can finally live my life. I love my parents and all the people that have supported me throughout my journey.— Alejandro Rodriguez (@ialejandritoo) 27 July 2018The emotional video shows Rodriguez crying and wiping away tears while riding in the back of a car with his parents in the front. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) An 18-year-old guy just came out to his parents and filmed the entire experience in a now viral emotional video. GAYSTARNEWS- Why I sobbed tears of joy when Trinidad and Tobago decriminalized homosexualityHow do I convince my mum to accept my sexuality and wish me happiness?‘I didn’t like being known as the gay guy,’ says Call Me Maybe actorRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : In Spanish, he starts off by apologizing for crying.His mom asks: ‘Why are you crying?’He replies: ‘Because I have watched videos where the parent doesn’t love the kids anymore because of coming out.’The parents respond: ‘No you are the same, and we love you.’Parents: ‘You are a normal kid’They also say they don’t care if he is gay or not – he is normal – and they will support him no matter what.‘We are proud of you, and you’re a good kid,’ they say.These were awkward off guards— Alejandro Rodriguez (@ialejandritoo) 20 July 2018Rodriguez also talks about people looking at him for the way he dresses.Then his mom reveals one of her friends actually told her that she loves the way he dresses and he starts crying more.They then repeat: ‘You are a normal kid.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Photo: Alejandro Rodriguez / Twitterlast_img read more

New Breast MRI Protocol Improves Cancer Detection in Women with Dense Breasts

first_imgNews | MRI Breast | February 07, 2017 New Breast MRI Protocol Improves Cancer Detection in Women with Dense Breasts Technique reduces breast MRI down to essential components that can be performed more quickly and affordably News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more February 7, 2017 — A newly developed breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam protocol, the first of its kind being offered in the Pacific Northwest, is now being performed at Via Radiology in north Seattle.Fifty percent of women over the age of 40 have dense breast tissue, which significantly reduces the ability to detect cancer on mammograms. MRI is a powerful tool in its ability to detect early breast cancer and is not affected by dense breast tissue. However, due to its high cost, breast MRI has until now only been recommended for screening women who are at high risk.Via Radiology’s Abbreviated Breast MRI (AB-MR) protocol distills traditional breast MRI to its essential components that can then be performed more quickly and affordably compared with traditional breast MRI. Studies have shown that this new protocol is equivalent in accuracy to the traditional exam.On average, mammograms detect four to five cancers per 1,000 women screened, whereas breast MRI detects 16-23 more cancers per 1,000 women screened, according to Via Radiology CEO Craig Hanson, M.D. He added that the lower end of that range comes in women who are at average risk of getting breast cancer.The sensitivity of mammography in dense-breasted women is only 38 percent, meaning up to 62 percent of cancers may go undetected until they are discovered as a palpable lump. As a result, there is an excess of late-stage disease and mortality in these women.Hanson added that breast ultrasound only detects two to three more cancers per 1,000 average-risked women screened, and at the cost of a high false positive rate, meaning lots of unnecessary biopsies.While there have been major advances in breast cancer treatment, the stage at the time of diagnosis remains the most important factor in survival. Finding a breast cancer early also means less debilitating and costly treatment.At less than $500, AB-MR now provides a viable, highly accurate alternative method for screening women at any risk, especially those with dense breast tissue.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more last_img read more

Credit Applications Decrease Reflecting Consumers Credit Fears

first_img Share March 20, 2017 601 Views Increasing numbers of U.S. consumers are becoming discouraged concerning their access to credit as shown in a Survey released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Monday. Compared to a similar survey release in October, the proportion of “discouraged” consumers rose, resulting in a decrease in numbers in both credit applications and rejections. The SCE Credit Access Survey results are released every four months.The survey revealed that the amount of respondents likely to apply for at least one type of credit over the next 12 months decreased. Consumers were generally more pessimistic of future approval rates, while involuntary account closures rose to their highest level since the series’ start.  No clear patterns emerged in the changes noted in the likelihood of applying for specific kinds of credit over the next 12 months, with the average likelihood increasing for some credit types and decreasing for others. The most notable change was a drop in the average likelihood of applying for a mortgage refinance, which dropped from 12.2 percent in October to 8.4 percent. For those who did apply for a mortgage refinance loan, most were approved as rejection rates declined. On the other hand, rejection rates increased for new home loan applications.The expectations component of the survey presented a subdued picture of credit access and the need for credit.  It included two areas that measure the financial fragility of U.S. households: (1) the probability of needing $2,000 for an unexpected expense in the next month, and (2) the probability of being able to come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose within the next month. Answers to the above areas of concern revealed that there was little change in the financial fragility of U.S. households since the series began in October 2015. (1) The average probability of needing $2,000 for an unexpected expense in the next month was 32.5 percent, in the general range in which it has prevailed since the series began.  (2) The average probability of coming up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose within the next month rose from 65.9 percent in October to 67.2 percent. Many consumers were too discouraged to even apply for credit. The survey revealed that the share of these respondents who were too discouraged to apply over the past 12 months, despite needing credit, rose to 7.1 percent from 5.7 percent in October 2016. This was the highest level since June 2014. Credit application rates declined from 42.3 percent in October to 39.9 percent, the lowest level since the series’ start in October 2013. The drop in application rates was broad-based across all credit scores and age groups.The proportion of respondents who applied and were granted credit over the last 12 months continued to decline, dropping to 31.5 percent, the lowest level since February 2015. The proportion of respondents who applied for credit and were rejected also dropped, from 9.9 percent in October to 8.5 percent.The survey showed that rejection rates declined. The per applicant rejection rate dropped from 23.3 percent in October to 21.2 percent. The drop was driven by younger (age 40 or less) respondents and those with higher credit scores (scores of 680 or more). The per application rejection rate also declined, from 39.3 percent in October to 35.1 percent. Other results revealed in the survey include:Application rates declined for all credit types except for auto loans. However, for those who did apply for auto loans, rejections rates increased. The decline was most notable for younger respondents. Rejection rates declined for applications for credit cards (and limit increases). approval Credit 2017-03-20 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Voluntary account closures declined slightly. On the other hand, involuntary (lender-initiated) account closures rose to 5.0 percent, their highest level since the series started in October 2013. The increase in involuntary closures was driven by respondents age 60 or less, and with credit scores of 760 or less. Credit Applications Decrease, Reflecting Consumers’ Credit Fearslast_img read more